Sunday, March 23, 2014

Microwave Brownie in a Cup

My newest love: Brownie in a mug. The first recipe I found included cocoa powder and sugar. But I was out or c. powder. So I searched to see it was possible to make it with hot cocoa powder. No credit here, GV was in the cupboards insisting we could use it because it said "cocoa." Anyway I did find a recipe that used 2pkg of Swiss Miss and other stuff. I dind't have the packets so I combined the two recipes together and ended up with:

6 TB of cocoa mix (or 2 TB cocoa and 4 TB sugar)
3 TB flour
1 TB butter/oil
1 egg
splash of vanilla

Microwave for 1 min and test with tooth pick. Add 10 sec. intervals as needed. YUM and FAST!

It was good. Not amazing. But definately worth five minutes. I will continue to experiment with substitutions to cut out the sugar and replace with honey or agave. The sugar gives me a headache.

Enjoy! Went very well mixed in a vanilla milk shake.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Beginnings

Along with much of the nation and world, I'm making plans for 2014. It is by chance though, that I chose today to start blogging again. I've been thinking through the holiday season "I wish there was a site for that." Well now there will be. I will be posting all the substitutions that I use for foods on here. Find a recipe you love, and make it! You don't need all the ingredients listed. Most things can be substituted without much difference in flavor or consistency. Examples: Honey for sugar and sugar for honey. Yes flours are basically interchangable. Make your own evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk in a flash. Homemade baking powder with no cornstarch.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Everything Free BBQ Sauce

I went looking for a recipe to have BBQ sauce for me with our grilled chicken I have been making tons of with the new Pampered Chef grill products. From their new cookbook, Great Grilling Recipes, we have had good chicken, great chicken, and thank the Lord there is chicken. The BBQ sauce was fantastic. The whole recipe is on a link to the side, this is the edited version I made.

From the things usually found in BBQ it is: corn, gluten, MSG, sugar and tomato FREE

1 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup carrots, grated (I used a jar of baby food for part of it)
2 cloves garlic - minced, grated or crushed
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup agave nectar or sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (added Simply Salsa from Tastefully Simple instead)
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon mace (skipped but will add if I have some!
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
15-20 turns freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup pure dark molasses or honey
Filtered water (may need)

Simmer onion and garlic in oil, then add everything else. Simmer for 15min or so. I am going to make up all the dry ingredients so I can make this on the fly. It was so nice to be able to dip food again! I put it on noodles, rice, chicken, meatloaf, steak. 7 years with out BBQ sauce! Never again! Halleluia!

Monday, March 26, 2012


A bitter sweet ending to downhill skiing. I am exhausted from a busy season and glad it's over, but oh how we loved it so! She is a great skier. She got one 8th place, one 4th, then a 2nd, and 6th overall. This is the 6th place trophy.
Next picture isn't as cute. Ta-Da it's me! A close up of my braces and retainers. Top and bottom retainer and braces on top. It is to fix my TMJ and I can honestly tell you that when he put in the top retainer that has a splint built in, my jaw pain disapaited. It's not gone altogether, because there is way too much going on in there now, but I seriously went from a 7 of daily pain and other sparatic symptoms, to about 3 of pain sometimes.

I have been led to document my allergy and TMJ symptoms and treatments here. It is going to take a while but it is something that I feel God wants me to share. I won't do it all at once though. If I can help just one person, it is worth the effort it takes me. I really feel almost 100% better. I am back to the hyper person with bounds of energy.

The bottom line was: the allergist at Allergy Associates of LaCrosse believes that I am allergic to a lot of things and I couldn't get away from them (like my house, my pets, and food). In turn, my body started atacking everything, including foods I may not necessarily be allergic to in the future and cars.

The TMJ specialist at Spahl Dentistry in St. Paul. (yes I drive 4 hours for an appointment) has listed a string of symptoms from all over my body to my TMJ. Cold hands and feet and fuzzy spots on my vision for example.

March 10 and 11 we went up to Hungry Jack Lodge for the Mush for a Cure dog sled race. Tons of fun, we'll do it again next year. On Sat we snowmobiled from Hungry Jack to Gunflint Lake to see the start of the race then rode from there to Poplar Lake and Trail Center for the acitvities. It was about 50 degrees. Anyway, I was riding with nephew Carter, Grandpa had RaeAnne, and Gid had AnnaBelle and Geneivieve. They both fell asleep. No it is not the first time.

On Sunday we played on Hungry Jack Lake and rode the girls "Kitty Cat." Gid also pulled them on the sled we have. Tons of fun for everyone. Genevieve also got to "drive" our SRX 700 with me in the back. Okay too scary. Definately not going to be the one to teach that kid how to drive. Her need for speed is a bit recklace. But we knew that from skiing.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The New Year

Ready for Moose Mountian! A. Hated it once she was there! "Mom slow down, MOM I said stop!" Well the thing about her not skiing on her own is she doesn't get to stop on her own. She did have fun though. Next time out we are paying for ski lessons though. A nice local discount and someone else to teach her!

We aren't big on revolutions, I was a big list maker before I had kids. A friend and I always traded resolutions but most were forgotten. This year I only have one. I want to play the piano and see if my kids want to too. My mom got us a keyboard for Christmas and it has light up keys and a tutor built in. I taught myself when I was a kid, not that I was any good, but I could hack up Christmas carols pretty good. So there it is. Piano 101 here I come.

GV loves skiing and has her first meet at the end of the month. AB loves her American Girl knock off (GV does too) and is excited for her birthday. EL is getting 3 of her molars and is anything but happy.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

GV Starts Practice

GV at ski practice. The whole family now is ready for ski season. Gid even said today that he had fun skiing and felt like he knew what he was doing. We are gearing up for a busy several weeks with birthdays and Christmas' (yes plural, we party til the new year with family).

AB loves to ski to but mostly likes me to hold her up so she doesn't crash. She loves all sorts of music stuff and is practicing her lines for a church program. Others will sing too, she's not doing a solo or anything.

EL is allergic to milk. We are of course bummed, we had hoped for another GV with no allergies. She gets a immediate sore throat, so she won't even drink it (never did). She also starts to cough and squeak and it can go on for days. She sounds like a lap dog: yip, yip. So she has a nebulizer (albuterol in a mist) and it really makes an immediate difference. She stops coughing immediately.

I still don't eat anything with out a headache, but have noticed a difference after I cut out sugar and the big sources of MSG.